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Employers to start paying share of furlough scheme

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has set out how employers will have to start sharing the cost of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. From August they will have to pay National Insurance and pension contributions, and then 10% of pay from September, rising to 20% in October. Also, workers will be allowed to return to work part-time from July, but with companies paying 100% of wages. Mr Sunak said the scheme will adjust so "those who are able to work ... Full story

Denmark and Norway exclude Sweden from tourism - BBC News

Image caption Travellers at Copenhagen Kastrup Airport (2019 file pic). Norway and Denmark say they will open up tourism between their two countries from 15 June but will maintain restrictions for Swedes. Sweden did not impose a lockdown, unlike its Nordic neighbours, and its Covid-19 death toll - above 4,000 - is by far the highest in Scandinavia. Danish PM Mette Frederiksen said Denmark and Sweden were in different places regarding the ... Full story

Romanian cobbler keeps people apart with size 75 shoes

CLUJ, Romania/BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Soon after a two-month lockdown to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus eased in Romania in mid-May, Grigore Lup, a Romanian shoemaker from the Transylvanian city of Cluj, noticed people were not respecting the rules of social distancing. Romanian shoemaker Grigore Lup poses for a portrait while showcasing a pair of his long-nosed leather shoes to help keeping social distance, amid the outbreak of the ... Full story

North Korea accuses U.S. of hurting its image with cyber threat warning

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Panmunjom, South Korea, June 30, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo. SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea accused the United States of smear tactics on Friday after Washington renewed accusations last month that Pyongyang was responsible for malicious cyber attacks. It was the latest in a series of exchanges ... Full story

Police issue 17,000 fines for lockdown breaches

Police in England and Wales have issued nearly 17,000 fines for alleged breaches of coronavirus lockdown rules. Most fines were issued to young men aged 18 to 24, the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) said. The data, from between 12 and 25 May, shows a significant reduction in the number of people fined since measures were eased in England two weeks ago. A total of 841 fixed penalty notices were handed out in England since restrictions ... Full story

Pakistan to resume outbound international flights as COVID-19 spreads

FILE PHOTO: A worker cleans the floor of the newly built Islamabad International Airport, during a media tour ahead of its official opening, Pakistan April 18, 2018. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood/File Photo. ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan will allow outbound international flights to resume from Saturday, an aviation official said, after largely closing its airspace to commercial flights to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Friday’s ... Full story

All dressed up, no prom to go to

BOSTON (Reuters) - Like Cinderella, Emily Appleton dreamed of going to the ball and dancing with her Prince Charming. But the coronavirus spoiled everything. FILE PHOTO: Mila Contreras-Godfrey, Katie Reisig, Gwyn McLear and Melina Bertsekas, high school seniors graduating from Beaver Country Day School, walk through Larz Anderson Park while posing for photographs for Reuters in their prom dresses, after prom was cancelled due to the coronavirus ... Full story

Russia to continue cutting rates amid virus-boosted economic contraction: Reuters poll

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian central bank will continue cutting interest rates in 2020, as it faces a worsening economic contraction and lower inflationary risks, a Reuters poll showed on Friday. A Russian flag flies over Russian Central Bank headquarters in Moscow, Russia December 3, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov. Economic activity in Russia has been pummeled since late March by lockdowns across the country designed to slow the spread of the ... Full story

Renault factory worker spared layoffs Reuters

CAUDAN, France (Reuters) - Giovanni Pili, a worker at a Renault factory in France, was on Friday savoring the fact that he was not laid off in a global shakeup at the carmaker, and trying not to think too much about the uncertain future facing his plant, and his industry. A view shows the Fonderie de Bretagne, a subsidiary of Groupe Renault, in Caudan, France, May 28, 2020. REUTERS/StephaneMahe. Pili and colleagues at his factory in Caudan, ... Full story

China may buy less American farm products if U.S. issues severe HK response: sources

BEIJING/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - China may reduce its imports of agricultural products from the United States if Washington issues a severe response to Beijing’s push to impose national security laws on Hong Kong, three sources said. FILE PHOTO: Customs officers inspect a shipment of sorghum from the U.S. on a cargo ship at the port in Nantong, Jiangsu province, China February 11, 2020. China Daily via REUTERS/File Photo. China has pressed ahead ... Full story

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